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Connecting Africa is the premier online community dedicated to tackling the immense scope of the African digital landscape. Connecting Africa offers a comprehensive, informed and nuanced understanding of the region's communications networking and ICT sector and the commercial opportunities such insight can afford. Connecting Africa's readers include decision makers from across the entire communications technology ecosystem that are either based in Africa, conducting business with African enterprises or seeking to learn more about one of the communications industry's growth hot-spots.

Connecting Africa is produced in association with Informa Tech's hugely successful and market-leading AfricaCom event (tmt.knect365.com/africacom/), the continent's most important and best-attended communications networking and ICT event, which takes place in Cape Town each November. Connecting Africa brings AfricaCom delegates, and those from the wider tech and telco industries, together in a dedicated online environment that is 'always on'.

Key topics covered by the Connecting Africa editorial team and its contributors include:

  • The evolution of mobile networking, including developments in 3G and 4G as well as the emergence of 5G

  • The growth of cloud services and introduction of virtualization

  • The impact of emerging technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, enhanced analytics, blockchain and cybersecurity

  • Cutting-edge developments in the fintech sector

  • The introduction and business case for digital entertainment

  • Digital inclusion and gender equality

    Meet the Editor
    Paula Gilbert has been the Editor of Connecting Africa since June 2019. The South Africa-based journalist previously worked as a TV producer and reporter for business television channels Bloomberg TV Africa and CNBC Africa, and started her career in radio news.

    She has been reporting on key developments in Africa's telecoms and ICT sectors for most of her journalistic career and prior to joining Connecting Africa was the telecoms editor at online publication, ITWeb. She has an Honors degree in Journalism from Rhodes University.

    Travel is always on Paula's mind, she has visited 37 countries so far and is currently researching her next adventure (post-COVID).

    She can be reached at gilbert@connectingafrica.com

    Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert.
    Connecting Africa editor Paula Gilbert.

    Editorial calendar
    Each month, Connecting Africa will focus on a particular topic as part of its editorial coverage. For further information, contact gilbert@connectingafrica.com

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    This article – in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development – explores the reasons behind why Africans stop using certain mobile apps.

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    Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

    GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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    Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

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    Archived webinars

    Meeting SME’s where they are - Building inclusive ecosystems for Africa’s small business owners

    Micro and small businesses have been, and still are, the spine and lifeblood of the African economy, making up 90% of businesses on the continent.

    Many of these businesses have still been operating in traditional ways and serving non-digital customers. With Covid-19 expediting the digital transformation process, businesses - big and small - have been forced to adapt to operate successfully in a more digital-first environment.

    To ensure that the digitalization of Africa’s market doesn’t leave micro and small businesses behind, digital solutions must be inclusive and create business-ready environments. But how can we ensure that African SMEs become digitally enabled?

    In this webinar we will share from our own experience on how to create such an environment, and the actions we took in vcita to get there, including:

    • Closing the digital literacy gap through tech inclusion 
    • Making a positive impact on local communities
    • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world
    • Building the foundations for digital inclusion and small business growth in a technology-accelerated world

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